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American Graffiti '58 Impala build

Post by SuperFleckMoonBird on Fri 24 Mar 2017, 2:06 pm

So I wanted to build a 58 Impala with some "bitchin Tuck n Roll"...maybe with six strombergs...
This is AMTs kit #6548
I think I bought every piece of strip evergreen plastic of the size required in two of my local hobby shops in town...took many packs to pull off the pleats.



And the inspiration :


-Is that tuck and roll? That's bitchin' tuck and roll! You know, I really love the feel of tuck and roll upholstery.
-You do?
-Yeah.
-Yeah? Well, get in and I'll let you feel it... I mean, you know, you can touch it... uh... I'll let you feel the upholstery.


http://blog.caranddriver.com/field-car-no-more-ray-evernham-restored-the-58-chevy-impala-from-american-graffiti/
http://www.caranddriver.com/photo-gallery/field-car-no-more-ray-evernham-restored-the-58-chevy-impala-from-american-graffiti#3


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Re: American Graffiti '58 Impala build

Post by SuperFleckMoonBird on Fri 24 Mar 2017, 2:25 pm

The emblem thingie between the rear seats that I'm working on  - the kit interior has it molded in and I'm trying to preserve it - is apparently a rear speaker for the radio.
There is a chrome trim strip along the top that runs the length of the rear seat tops. Hopefully some bare metal foil will help pull that off realistically.


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Re: American Graffiti '58 Impala build

Post by SuperFleckMoonBird on Fri 24 Mar 2017, 2:31 pm

interior detailing will follow...I've sourced a photo etched bare foot accelerator pedal...Detail Master #DM2200 Custom Foot Pedal
Search is on for a steering wheel that looks like this one.........and that pair of fuzzy dice.......



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Post by SuperFleckMoonBird on Fri 24 Mar 2017, 2:44 pm

First chore was to get good reference pictures of the pleat pattern in the interior.
Then scale the pleats and source the plastic strip.
......and figure out the pattern.



This is where the work started, stripping all the detail off the seats, leveling the surface flat,  and then the placement of plastic strip.
After applying the plastic strip, they get sanded down to knock down the height.


Comparison of the two before and after interiors:
The rear package tray and dash board and door panels get the treatment as well.


Moving on to the interior roof headliner and the backs of the seats next.....
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Re: American Graffiti '58 Impala build

Post by mgy125 on Fri 24 Mar 2017, 6:30 pm

Nice work.
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Re: American Graffiti '58 Impala build

Post by DeeCee on Fri 24 Mar 2017, 9:36 pm

That is some serious patience, and exceptional detailing, very nicely done !!
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Re: American Graffiti '58 Impala build

Post by Styromaniac on Sun 26 Mar 2017, 5:05 pm

Great reference photos...great handiwork.Monogram 57 Corvette had a steering wheel like that...I drilled out the holes in the chrome spokes with a pin vise and it looked pretty good. I'll send you one.

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Re: American Graffiti '58 Impala build

Post by RetrospectKustoms on Mon 27 Mar 2017, 3:59 pm

Looks great, Love this car. just something about that '58.
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Re: American Graffiti '58 Impala build

Post by Joker on Mon 27 Mar 2017, 5:23 pm

Man Down !
That's some clean T&R.
I'm sure the fuzzy dice isn't going to be a hassle to make.
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Re: American Graffiti '58 Impala build

Post by SuperFleckMoonBird on Wed 29 Mar 2017, 9:43 am

Joker wrote:Man Down !
That's some clean T&R.
I'm sure the fuzzy dice isn't going to be a hassle to make.
I needed to get a few things form Detail Master for other projects - saw they had fuzzy dice...maybe 1/24 will be too large but thought I'd try it.....
http://www.detailmaster.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=detailmaster&Category_Code=KEN

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Re: American Graffiti '58 Impala build

Post by Al G on Sun 02 Apr 2017, 4:31 pm

great job,like to see this one when you've finished bigthumbsup
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Re: American Graffiti '58 Impala build

Post by Yahshu on Tue 04 Apr 2017, 6:21 pm

That's bitchin. For your steering wheel, do as I have done for my Mad Max MaxRob steering wheel, make it out of aluminium can.
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